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Well here goes. Another project. (Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?)

Early this spring I purchased a Jet 1236 Lathe from a friend. He hadn't used it in over 25 years. A bit of cleaning was definitely in order. Besides putting it back together, as it was stored in the upstairs of an old barn. Anyway it took a while for someone who has never operated a lathe in his life to clean and sort parts. Then put it all together. Luckily Jet has the book downloadable on-line. That helped immensely. I found that I can still order most worn parts as well.

I have purchased about 6-7 lathe videos this summer and have done nothing but watch them here on my computer. I bet I have watched Norm's Lathe 101 about 10 times on P.B.S. also! Also….I have taken no lessons as of this post. So please excuse any blemishes you might see in these accompanying photos. (Hope they are sufficiently blurry to mask imperfections!) Hopefully Santa will bring a gift certificate for a lesson or two this Christmas(?).

I had a couple of days off last week for vacation and decided to go "hunting" in the Indianapolis Rockler Store. I was bound and determined to think of something to do on this now refurbished lathe. I planned something simple. I have a couple of Mallets that I purchased at a flea market. Although in my price range, of cheap, they seem to want to fall a part. I guess I could put a little glue on them but I really got them for "patterns".



A little chunk of Cherry for the head and a small square of Tulip Wood for the handle.



Here we go. I know not what to expect. But after about an hour and a half, adding a little glue to the handle, here what I got.



I'll try to show a bit of detail:



Time to let the glue dry then posibly a finish of some type…Any suggestions? Thanks for looking y'all!



MsDebbieP I know it's not close to art, can I call it functional?

What to make next…........

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You know they say that if it looks like a duck it must be a duck. So it must be that you have good mallet to add to your arsenal of tools. That was a lot more adventurous than my first turning which have been mushrooms. Great tool.
 

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What a very cool story and blog entry! I love the lathe . . . looks like you have done that before.

Congratulations on the lathe!
 

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No David, this is the first attempt at anything on a lathe. Thanks for the comments.

I watched my Grandpa for hours on end. (He passed about 35 years ago now.) He always told me that you (meaning I) can learn a lot by just sitting and watching. Which I did, but, never did I understand what he meant until now.

Thanks Buckskin!
 

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Great job with a newly found talent. Keep up the good work.
 

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Thanks Woodgizmo!.
 

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well i think it looks pretty darn good.
 

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art: a form of expression (hmmm is your message that you love woodworking??)
functional: usable (looks like a good mallet to me!!)

art + functional = functional wood art !!!

Bravo. I'm impressed.
 

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came out really good .. my suggestion is to use mineral oil for the finish and keep it in the kitchen. I gave my wife a mallet years ago and she uses propably more the she should. Frozen foods, anything else she feels like hitting.
 

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Your first attempt and you turn out a great looking mallet, awesome.
 

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It's awesome! I've never turned a mallet and have hundreds of hours at the lathe. Nice job!
 

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Well done.
 

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Congratulations on:

1) being able to get the lathe back togeher and operational
2) having the patience to watch the how-to videos (I usually don't)
3) a fine mallet!
 

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Panama,
I think it's just dandy. That is one great knockometer. It will probably intrique your great grand children. Now that you know you can, don't wait around, get to turning. Have fun.
Tom
 

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Great looking mallet! I really like the cherry handle. Beauty and function!

Looks like you are off to some super adventures with turning. I look forward to seeing them!

God Bless,
Hawg
 

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Hi Panama;

Great mallet, but I wouldn't follow Dan's advice and give one to your wife. That's just plain wrong.LOL

Good job.

Lee
 

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Thanks Hawg! I took lessons from WayneC and I am going to use this mallet on those chisels I have been sharpening up.

"Knockometer"...I like that Tom (Thos Angle)! I will remember that one.

Thanks also MsDebbie, Charlie M, WayneC and everyone else. MsDebbie, as always I appreciate your comments.

Tom (Mot), I have to admit, I got lucky. Didn't "pop" either piece off the lathe one time. As you know, I might not be so lucky the next time. I played it safe with the "Ace" apron in the pic. and a safety visor on top of saftey glasses.

Lee...This one is for me. I agree with that. Thanks.
 

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i'm impressed ~ that's more than i can do with a lathe!
 

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Jack: a great first project. Yes make it a user. You can make your wife a petite one next.
 

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Who turns a mallet these days? That is SO cool!

Better not let the wife have even a small one… they seem to swing those harder! haha
 

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Far superior to my pathetic first attempts nine or ten years ago! One or two coats of oil should bring it up a treat.
 
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